PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Two Americans and a Briton were gored, but will be fine, and eight other people were injured Tuesday as thousands of daredevils dashed alongside fighting bulls through the streets of Pamplona on the first bull run of the annual San Fermin festival, organizers said.
Three other Americans were among the eight others injured, most with bruises from falls and crowd crushes during the nationally televised run that lasted just over two minutes.
The nine-day fiesta in Pamplona, which features 24-hour street partying, was made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.
The daily runs see people dashing with six bulls along a narrow, 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to the city’s bullring. The bulls are then killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon.
Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens are injured each year, mostly in falls.
Two men have died recently after being gored by bulls in Spanish festivals — one Saturday in the eastern town of Grao de Castellon and another June 24 in the southwestern town of Coria.
In all, 15 people have died from gorings in Pamplona since record-keeping began in 1924 for the San Fermin festival.